Vetenskap och lycka

“We Westerners, through this new science of ours, are going to conquer the seemingly unavoidable, the apparently eternal torture and suffering of man “

/ Lazzaro Spallanzani (1729-1799), citatet taget från Microbe Hunters av Paul de Kruif, därav engelskan.

“In the end it seems Buddhism and neuroscience have similar goals: What is this thing we call the mind, and how can we use it to make ourselves a little less miserable and a little happier? Maybe even just 10 percent happier, as Dan Harris wrote.”

/ Lori Chandler för bigthink, 2017

Ju mer vi vet, för naturligtvis vet vi mer nu än vi gjorde på sjuttonhundratalet, desto blygsammare har våra ambition blivit. I alla fall när det gäller människors lycka och frånvaro av lidande.

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